Report: Viagra-cocaine combo killed Kovar
CHICAGO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- "Real World" star and "Celebrity Rehab" participant Joey Kovar died in Illinois after taking a deadly combination of Viagra, cocaine and alcohol, TMZ reported.
Kovar, 29, had long battled addictions to drugs and alcohol, but a cause of his death has not been disclosed.
He was found unresponsive and bleeding from the nose and ears Friday morning at the home of Stacey Achterhof, a female friend who lives near Chicago.
Achterhof called 911, but paramedics were unable to revive him and declared him dead at the scene.
TMZ cited law enforcement sources as saying they suspect he suffered an aneurysm after taking a lethal combination of drugs, but an official cause of death will not be determined until toxicology test results are reviewed.
There is no indication at this time Achterhof will be charged with any crime, TMZ said.
Catholic church gets literary windfall
ATLANTA, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A nephew of "Gone with the Wind" author Margaret Mitchell left half the literary rights to the novel to the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, a deacon said.
Joseph Mitchell's multimillion-dollar bequest is likely to be a gift that keeps on giving, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. "Gone with the Wind," published in 1936, continues to sell steadily.
Joseph Mitchell died last October.
Steve Swope, a deacon in charge of administering the bequest, said that payments for stage and dance productions of the novel could bring in several hundred thousands of dollars a year. The film rights were sold during the 1930s, and the resulting movie, starring Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, was one of the most popular in history.
Joseph Mitchell urged Archbishop Wilton Gregory to use the bequest for charitable work and the upkeep of Christ the King Cathedral in Atlanta.
Mitchell was one of two sons of Margaret Mitchell's brother. The other half of the GWTW rights is in trust for the family of his brother.
Margaret Mitchell was a practicing Catholic for much of her life but left the church after her mother's death. Darden Asbury Pyron, author of "Southern Daughter: A life of Margaret Mitchell," said she was very close to her mother, a devout Catholic.
"She associated her mother with the church," he said. "She never denounced the church. She simply left."
'Lost Ark' set for IMAX debut
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Hollywood's classic 1981 adventure movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is to be released in select IMAX theaters for a week next month, Paramount said.
The one-week engagement is to begin Sept. 7.
"When I saw the stunning quality of the picture and heard the enhanced sound in an IMAX theater, I was quite literally blown away and hope that audiences will enjoy the experience as much as I did," said director Steven Spielberg.
"We are honored to present all the excitement of Indiana Jones in a way it's never been experienced before -- IMAX," said Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We look forward to celebrating this iconic film with longtime fans as well as a new generation of moviegoers."
The four Indiana Jones movies, starring Harrison Ford as the swashbuckling archeologist, will be released by Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution on Blu-ray as part of "Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures" Sept. 18. The set features 7 hours of bonus material, including a new two-part documentary entitled "On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark -- From Jungle to Desert and From Adventure to Legend."
Dwight Schrute has a sister?
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Actress Majandra Delfino is to play Dwight Schrute's younger sister in "The Farm," a spinoff of the Pennsylvania-set sitcom "The Office," EW.com reported.
Delfino's small-screen credits include "Roswell," "Quarterlife" and "State of Georgia."
Rainn Wilson has played Dwight on "The Office" for eight seasons and is expected to return for the upcoming ninth.
EW.com said former "Office" show-runner Paul Lieberstein is writing the script for the spinoff pilot, "The Farm," which follows Dwight as he runs his family beet farm and bed and breakfast.
Delfino will play Fannie Schrute, Dwight's "pseudo-intellectual lefty" younger sister, who has been living in Boston, the entertainment news Web site said.
The character has not been featured on previous seasons of "The Office."
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